Please note the Ride Harder Bike Fitting Service is closed until further notice in order to focus on the development of our Training Plans, Cycling Academies and Bike Training Resources.
If you are looking for a bike fit, please check out the Vires Velo Bike Fit Studio here which is now accepting bookings from my old studio in Hethel Engineering Centre in Norfolk.
No matter what level of rider you are having a bike fit is considered the best investment you can make to improve your performance, increase comfort and prevent injury on the bike.
Why Have A Bike Fit?
Whether you are new to cycling or have been riding a number of years it is important you are in the correct position which can lead to helping you achieve your cycling goals.
No matter your level of riding, comfort is crucial for sustaining time spent on the bike.
The correct position keeps your body aligned on the bike, helping to prevent injuries.
An optimal position not only increases comfort – it maximises both power and endurance.
What is RETÜL Fit?
Retül stands for being the most technically advanced bike fitting and product matching technology available on the market
Retül Fit is the most extensive bike fit available which looks at the rider both on and off the bike.
Using 3D motion capture technology, the Retül system accurately measures every degree of movement and millimetre of distance, providing us with data to support the choices we make during the fit to your cycling equipment and personal riding experience.
How Does It Work?
Starting with a pre-fit physical assessment, we will take into account your body’s limitations, previous injuries and pains, and your goals on the bike.
Once on the bike LED markers will be placed on 8 anatomical points of your body which will be tracked by the Retül Vantage Motion Capture system. The Retül Vantage system is used to collect real-time, three-dimensional data from each pedal stroke creating a dynamic fit experience.
The real-time data is compiled using software so that we can look at the numbers to place you into your perfect riding position.
Once we have your final bike position, we will create a digital map of your final bike set up using the Retül Zin tool.
The bike fit data and Zin tool measurements are generated into a complete fit report that you can reference at any time after the fit. This is useful if you have a second bike to set up or need to rebuild your current bike.
Unsure What Size Bike You Need?
Purchasing a bike which is the wrong size for you could be a costly and time-consuming exercise. Using the Retul Jig we can recreate any brand, model and size to ensure you get the correct bike to match your biomechanics and riding style. We can then fine-tune the bike with the length of the stem and width of the bars to ensure the bike is perfect for you.
For me, bike fitting is much more than just angles and putting the rider in the ‘correct’ position that the software tells me. I prefer to listen to the rider, understand their problems and work with them to create a solution together. I believe the Retul equipment and software is the best tool out there with regards to bike fitting but it is just a tool, you have to still use your knowledge and experience to complete the bike fit.
I never rush my fittings and although I state it takes around 2.5-3hours to complete I often spend longer when needed. Many shops offer this as a secondary service to the bike sale but for me, this is my job and passion to get the rider comfortable on the bike. There is an opportunity to come back for a further assessment which is all included at no extra charge where necessary.
I have been bike fitting since 2015 and have completed many hundreds of bike fits. I have learned a great deal along the way and I am committed to further education in this field and expanding my knowledge.
“I do not usually write reviews however, I cannot praise James enough for a recent bike fit I had at his new and very smart base in Factor Bikes, Hethel. He has finally ended months of agonising sit bone issues and lower back pain. The time he took with me and the detail he went into trying to establish the root cause of the problem was crazy but he worked it out and it worked! two weeks on and I have just completed a relatively hard and lengthy climbing route in Kent and had no problems with either sit bone or lower back pain. For the first time in a very long time, I was able to enjoy the ride. If you are having problems or just looking to get more comfortable on your bike then I recommend you call or e-mail Jim.”
“I used James for both of my bike fits. Fantastic service from James as well as knowledge, I would definitely recommend. I didn’t realise the importance of a bike fit, but it’s now something I wouldn’t compromise on, well worth the money. Thanks.”
“My hubby Lez had begun to suffer from knee pain on short climbs, so after trying several different seats and cleat positions, decided to seek professional advice. A quick Google search lead him to James at Rideharder and a Retul bike fit was booked and carried out. A couple of test rides following the fit showed that things had improved, and 2 days later Lez climbed the Alpe du Zwift with no knee pain at all. Fantastic friendly, and very effective service from James, in a homely atmosphere........a great cup of coffee is also available. This is probably the best money Lez has spent on his bike apart from buying the bike itself. Thanks, James. ”
“I have had two bike fittings of two separate bikes with James and both have made a positive difference. I have been riding my new bike for around a year and experiencing numerous niggles including lower back pain and wrist/elbow discomfort. James spent two hours with me and tweaked almost every part of my bike, no new parts just adjustments. The result was no pain in my arms or lower back on what was already a stressful long hill climb of a ride on the first ride out post bike fit. James also provided advice on my riding style and how to improve that as well as followed up with me how I felt the first ride out went? Great service and follow up support from someone who genuinely appreciates the custom! Thank you once again 👍”
Aero TT/Tri Fit
This option is for all Time Trial and Triathlon bikes and looks at all aspects of the bike fitting process along with additional aerodynamics on the bike.
Retul Bike Fitting
£245 for 2 bikes
Suitable for all cyclists who want to maximise their performance on the bike and limit or identify injury.
New Bike Sizing
For anyone looking to purchase a new bike either at a store or online. You don’t need a bike for this service as I use the Retul fully adjustable jig. This service can be used for your first bike or even if you are looking to upgrade. It can be an expensive mistake if you purchase the wrong size!
Basic Bike Fit
This is a great option for anyone new to cycling and covers the basics of bikefitting. It will make sure you are in a safe position but is not recommended if you have a particular injury or want to maximise performance.
Appointments are available Monday – Friday. Limited Saturday appointments available for Retul Bike Fitting only at £195
If you have any questions or to make a booking call 07767 335378